The newly renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will begin a big day of events with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the renovated H.O. Clemmons Arena Saturday, January 5 at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the main entrance of the arena prior to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s and men’s basketball teams hosting Mississippi Valley State in a basketball doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander and UAPB Athletic Director Melvin Hines will be in attendance, along with Golden Lion basketball coaches Nathaniel Kilbert and George Ivory.

Among the renovations to the arena are:

  • Newly installed bleachers to the UAPB black and gold colors with the Golden Lions logo;
  • A new court with an updated UAPB logo emblazed at center court; gold coloring inside the three-point arc; new UAPB logos on each baseline;
  • New basketball goals featuring the UAPB logo on each basket support.

“We are excited about these improvement to H.O. Clemmons Arena,” said Dr Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor. “I believe this ceremony to open the year will serve as a catalyst to what will be an outstanding 2019 for the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, both athletically and academically.”

“Golden Lion Athletics is grateful for the support provided by Chancellor Alexander, President Bobbitt, and the Board of Trustees,” said Melvin Hines, Director or Athletics. “These renovations improve the student-athlete experience, as our basketball and volleyball teams have new playing accommodations in which they can be proud of. It also enhances the fan experience with new and improved seating to help make the H.O Clemmons Arena one of the toughest venues for visiting teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.”

Gates open for entry to the arena following the ceremony prior to tipoff of the women’s game at 5 p.m., with the men’s game to follow in the conference opener for both teams.

The front of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. Photo source:

PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically black college and university (HBCU) located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is moving forward with changes to their campus.

On July 11, 2016, the university announced that popular food chains Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks will be opening soon on campus with renovations being made to the L.A. Davis Sr., student union to accommodate the franchises and meet the planned opening date of August 18.

Along with upgrades to food services the university is also making renovations to its other campus services such as its historic Larrison Hall, where Pine Bluff Commerical states that the construction will cost $65,000.

Larrison Hall was built in 1950 and has been vacant for more than 20 years. Once the construction has been completed, it is still being decided as to which department will make it their home.

The university is completing renovations to their four-story structure all female dormitory where 144 rooms are being added to the existing building. Creating a courtyard in the middle and will house Residence Life and a police substation.

The university is also working with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department on renovating the U.S. 79 entrance to the campus. UAPB plans to create a pick-up and drop-off point at Caldwell Hall at the front of the campus. And has secured a $450,000 federal highway grant for the project. The university is also working on drainage issues at the front of the campus as well.

According to the Pine Bluff Commerical, in all, the renovations are expected to cost between $3 and $4 million dollars. A finish date has not yet been set.

HCF President and Founder Demetrius Johnson Jr., is an alumni of UAPB and said about the changes: “I love my HBCU. And I adore Dear Mother even more. For the years I have been fussing and not fussing to talk about my alma mater, but fussing to seeing the betterment for the campus and the institution. I am elated about the upcoming changes and commend Dr. Alexander on moving UAPB forward and his heartfelt commitment in enhancing the beautication and services of institution 142-year history. With innovation from the administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni , UAPB will continue to soar with the new millennium to preparing the next visionary leaders of tomorrow!”